Country Energy amps up cost of residential power

By LEONIE BRANN

COUNTRY Energy has announced the cost of electricity supply for residential, rural and small business users will increase by 5.7 per cent on July 1.

The increase would in part pay for large improvements to the supply infrastructure and improve skilled staff numbers, the supplier said.

Far North Coast regional manager Brian Glawson, said the increase would mean most retail electricity users will pay about $1.20 extra per week for their power supply.

"The increase will in part pay for a major capital works expenditure program over a five-year period," Mr Glawson said.

"These major capital works will be completed in Tweed and Byron Shire and the Lismore and Clarence Valley local government areas.

"The Far North Coast is a rapidly growing area and the capital works will allow us to keep up with the load growth for electricity supply in this area."

Mr Glawson said the capital works program would include increases to the distribution network and improvements to the zone sub-stations at Lismore and Cudgen.

These projects will be worth between an estimated $3 and $6 million each, Mr Glawson said.

Bolstering the electricity supply network in Byron Bay was also part of the capital works.

The increase will also help pay for additional apprentices to ensure skilled linesman are available in the future, Mr Glawson said.



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